The new Technical Media and Broadcast Route at Global Academy Sixth form is designed to prepare students for a career as a technician in the broadcast technology sector of the media industry. The course includes an industry placement of at least 45 days, during which students will gain valuable experience and develop the skills needed to work in this field.
The course is taught both at the Academy, where students will learn the skills that employers need as well as in meaningful industry placements. Upon completion, students will receive a UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology – which is equivalent to 3 A Levels and offers up to 168 UCAS Points. This qualification can lead to an apprenticeship, work in the media industry, or further study in a media-related field.
The Sixth Form Technical Media and Broadcast course is aimed at preparing students for a career as a technician in the broadcast technology sector of the media industry.
Global Academy will be working closely with the following employers as part of the sixth form course who will host a student placement across the two year course lasting a minimum of 45 days (9 weeks).
The type of projects which you’ll do during the course could include:
As well as studying for a much-coveted UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology, during your two years at Global Academy – you could cover the following skills and knowledge:
- Understand the fundamentals of live streaming, including its purpose, benefits, and various platforms. Learn about different types of live streaming setups and their applications.
Sound and Visual Production for Events
- Gain hands-on experience with camera operation, including framing, focus, exposure, and composition. Learn various camera techniques to capture high-quality visuals for live streaming.
- Explore the equipment commonly found in a live TV studio, such as switchers, mixers, monitors, and control panels. Understand the roles and functions of each piece of equipment in a studio setup.
- Set up a live streaming environment, including cameras, microphones, lighting, and video switchers. Learn how to connect and configure the equipment for a seamless live stream.
- Focus on audio equipment and techniques, including microphones, mixers, and sound processing and dive into visual elements such as camera settings, lighting design, and video switching.
- Apply the knowledge gained in the course to complete practical projects. Work on live streaming setups, sound production, and visual production for various events, projects and recordings.
- Collaborate with classmates to plan and execute a live project – including live streaming, sound production, and visual production. Present the final project, showcasing the skills acquired during the course.
What qualification will I get?
Upon completion of the course, you will receive a UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels and offers up to 168 UCAS Points. This qualification has been designed to provide you with the necessary industry-relevant skills, knowledge, and understanding to access entry-level roles, training programs, or apprenticeships in the media production sector or progress to related higher education courses.
Our partnership with the University of the Arts, London (UAL) and employer partners like Global– enables us to offer a rigorous and challenging curriculum that kick starts the career of young people whatever their background or experience.
What partners are involved in this course?
Across the course – you will be required to complete an industrial placement of at least 315 hours (approx 45 days). This will provide you with an invaluable insight into the demands of working within the creative media industries and will equip you with professional skills such as undertaking research, generating ideas, communicating ideas, developing ideas working collaboratively with others and developing your reflective practice.
Global Academy will be working closely with the following employers as part of the sixth form course who will host a student placement across the two year course:
We will also be working with Rise Up Academy to deliver this unique programme. The Rise Up Academy is an outreach programme delivering broadcast engineering and technical workshops to primary and secondary school children aged 9 through to 18 years old. It’s intention is to inspire, educate and inform children and young adults about the pathways and career opportunities available to them within the broadcast technology industry.
Where could this course take me?
The Media Technician pathway at Global Academy will allow you to develop skills with work experience during your course and will equip students to go on to gain an apprenticeship, work within the media or study media or a media-related course at a degree level at university.
Possible jobs could include:
- Audio visual technician
- Live sound engineer
- TV or film sound technician
- TV of film production assistant
- TV or film producer
- TV or film camera operator
- Media researcher
- Radio broadcast assistant
- Video Editor
- Broadcast engineer.
What are the entry requirements for this course?
To be considered for this course – you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs at 4 or above (including English and Maths) as well as demonstrate a passion, dedication, and interest in the technical side of media, broadcast and production.